A college professor at the University of Tennessee is earning all the praise after her email response to a student who missed class went viral.
When 21-year-old Morgan King had to miss class because she couldn’t find anyone to watch her 3-month-old daughter Korbyn, she emailed her professor to explain her absence.
The infant’s grandparents usually watch her during the day, but prior commitments that morning left Morgan scrambling. With no other options, she stayed home with Korbyn and was forced to miss her Human Development Class.
Morgan wasn’t sure of the response she’d get from her professor, having missed a quiz and two study videos. But she never expected what Dr. Sally Hunter wrote in return:
“I’m so sorry that childcare issues are what caused you to miss class today.”
She went on to detail what Morgan had missed, where she could find the videos to study on her own time, and gave her permission to still submit the assignment from the day. Then she encouraged the therapeutic recreation major to do something most professors wouldn’t: bring the baby to class.
“In the future, if you are having trouble finding someone to watch Korbyn, please feel free to BRING HER with you to class. I would be absolutely delighted to hold her while I teach, so that you can still pay attention to the class and take notes.”